Does Steve Marshall visit your street?

Author Neal James of Heanor with his latest novel, 'Day of the Phoenix'.
Author Neal James of Heanor with his latest novel, 'Day of the Phoenix'.

Heanor author Philip Neale’s new political thriller hits bookshelves across the country next week and your street could well feature as part of the plot.

The sequel to his 2008 novel ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’, ‘Day of the Phoenix’ follows the story of Steve Marshall, who 
travels to Derbyshire to 
infiltrate the fledgling British Democratic Party.

The concept of the Neale’s novel asks the question of the 
British public as to how far they would be prepared to go towards the democratic 
election of a fascist 

The book draws inspiration from real life events 
including when Langley Mill found itself under the
national media spotlight 
after a Channel 4 documentary 
exposed extreme racial 
intimidation from Far Right groups and local residents in November, 2001.

Talking about his decision to include substantial plot points in the Amber Valley region, Philip said: “A large part of the story is set in my home turf on the Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire border.”

“Actual locations and 
real life events come into play throughout the plot, although the names of local towns have been changed whilst retaining clues as to their identities to those with local knowledge,

Philip, an accountant by trade, has kept the names of the two major cities 
Derby and Nottingham as he has done with local street names.

‘Day of the Phoenix’, published by Pneuma Springs in Kent, goes on sale on Tuesday, August 7, and can be purchased from Amazon, 
Waterstones, Foyles and Barnes & Noble for £8.99.